Music as Social, Personal, and Literary Inspiration as Exemplified by “We Shall Overcome” by PortiaLily Taylor

"Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies." Edward Bulwer-Lytton The words of English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton resonate with the thought that music is more than mere sound. It can be something ethereal that seeps into one’s very being and doesn’t leave. Then music, especially when intertwined with lyrics,… Continue reading Music as Social, Personal, and Literary Inspiration as Exemplified by “We Shall Overcome” by PortiaLily Taylor

Writing Your Holiday Story by PortiaLily Taylor

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer. Some are written in the books, and some are confined to hearts. – Savi Sharma Each person’s lifetime exists in a compilation of stories. Some are joyful. Some are tragic. Others are filled with humor while still others are cast in tears. People may share… Continue reading Writing Your Holiday Story by PortiaLily Taylor

Writing One’s Truth through Fiction by PortiaLily Taylor

"What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have." -- Oprah Winfrey You have probably heard words similar to those of Oprah Winfrey regarding the power in speaking one’s truth. But, what is meant by “one’s truth” and how does that relate to a person’s writing, especially… Continue reading Writing One’s Truth through Fiction by PortiaLily Taylor

Saying Farewell to a Friend by PortiaLily Taylor

“Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” Richard Bach My best friend died this week. Her name was Kay Mahaffey. She did not achieve world fame or monetary riches, but her life was filled… Continue reading Saying Farewell to a Friend by PortiaLily Taylor

The Tulsa Massacre of 1921: Writing about Hidden Histories by PortiaLily Taylor

“Hidden histories are events of the past that are not widely known or taught. Most of the time, these histories which are not well known have a negative connotation. They are not favorably viewed for one reason or another and so they have been suppressed. Usually, hidden histories revolve around controversial events such as the… Continue reading The Tulsa Massacre of 1921: Writing about Hidden Histories by PortiaLily Taylor

Reading Like a Writer by PortiaLily Taylor

“If we want to write, it makes sense to read—and to read like a writer. If we wanted to grow roses, we would want to visit rose gardens and try to see them the way that a rose gardener would.” ― Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and… Continue reading Reading Like a Writer by PortiaLily Taylor

Hello, Protagonist! (Tips on Introducing Your Novel’s Main Character) by PortiaLily Taylor

“Introducing your protagonist to your reader may be the single trickiest job for a novelist. You have to let readers get to know your character in a very short time–then entice us go on a journey with this person into a brand new world. If you tell us too much, you’ll bore us, but if… Continue reading Hello, Protagonist! (Tips on Introducing Your Novel’s Main Character) by PortiaLily Taylor

The Tangle of Words and Emotion from a Child’s Point of View

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” -- James Michener Words and emotions. Emotions and words. Simple concepts. But it’s the swirl, the swing, the tangle of the two, as author James Michener described, that make for good writing.  I recently enrolled in a workshop… Continue reading The Tangle of Words and Emotion from a Child’s Point of View

Must a novel be classified in only one genre?

“Life is more than one genre.” – Juliette Power The inspirational author Juliette Power has lived a life that one could say encompasses many “genres.” She could be labeled with one or all of them – high school dropout, teen runaway, child of suicide, factory worker, world traveler, memoir writer, seer of angels. She can’t… Continue reading Must a novel be classified in only one genre?

Age, Beauty, and Writing Older Characters

"Age before beauty." -- unknown source You’ve probably heard that saying a hundred times. If you’re on the “age” spectrum of the phrase, perhaps, some younger person has uttered the statement as they allowed you to go ahead in line at grocery store. On the other hand, if you consider yourself a representative of youthful… Continue reading Age, Beauty, and Writing Older Characters